St. Louis Alderman Will End Session Today
By Kevin Lavery, KWMU
St. Louis, MO – The St. Louis Board of Aldermen will wrap up unfinished business today (Monday) when it meets for its last full meeting of the year.
Any bills not passed will be dead for the session. However, most bills are expected to be reintroduced Tuesday, when the next year's session begins.
Aldermanic president Jim Shrewsbury says the two hottest bills on the table pertain to a project labor agreement and a civilian oversight board for St. Louis city police.
"These were bills that there was substantial opposition to, and that opposition will continue," Shrewsbury says. "Both those pieces of legislation though, I believe, with some compromise on the parts of the sponsors and the opponents can be enacted into law."
The labor bill would require the city to hire only union contractors on certain public projects.
The main sticking point of the police review board bill focuses on whether board members should be elected or appointed.
"If you have a major piece of legislation and it doesn't pass at the end of that session, that may be because there are problems with it," Shrewsbury says. "And so those problems don't expire just because the session expires."